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The new rules of the game for trade

By Nicholas Norbrook
Posted on Friday, 5 July 2019 17:51

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Reworking the rules of origin — the trade law term for this tricky negotiation — will be critical to the successful operation of Africa’s new free trade area, says UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi.

Particularly to avoid the problem of dumping — goods being made cheaply elsewhere and got rid of on the continent.

High-powered delegations will be jetting into Niamey, in Niger, for a 55-nation AU summit to flag off the operational beginnings of this new undertaking.